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Caring for Multiple Cats

Do you have more than one kitty? Cats can form very close bonds with one another. It’s definitely super cute to see two furballs playing or snoozing together! Unfortunately, things don’t always go quite that smoothly between our feline friends. Some cats can be very jealous and territorial, while others want to keep their humans all to themselves. Read on as a Sugar Land, TX vet discusses caring for multiple cats.

Introductions

First impressions are a huge deal to our feline friends. When you bring a new cat into your home, you’ll need to make introductions slowly and carefully, so your pets can gradually get used to one another. Keep Mittens in a quiet back room at first, and let Fluffy sniff around the door before letting them interact. Giving your furballs toys and treats near one another can help break the ice. Ask your vet for more advice.

Facilities

Cats don’t like to share bathrooms. You’ll need one litterbox per kitty, plus at least one extra. Keep these in separate areas: if you put them too close together, your pets may think it’s just one big box, and avoid it.

Veterinary Care

Making sure your kitties see the vet regularly is very important. Both cats should be microchipped and spayed or neutered. Be sure to keep Fluffy and Mittens on the same schedule for vaccinations and parasite control. Otherwise, fleas may hop from one feline to the other. You definitely don’t want that!

Toys

Give your furballs plenty of fun toys to play with. Kitties all have their own preferences for playthings. Mittens may like wand toys, while Fluffy may prefer catnip mice. Offer a variety of different things, so your feline friends have plenty to choose from. It’s also important to play with both of your pets regularly.

Furniture

When getting kitty furniture, choose pieces that can fit all of your furry friends at once. Otherwise, Fluffy and Mittens may bicker over whose turn it is to use the cat tower!

Jealousy

Kitties can be very jealous! Be sure to pay both of your pets equal attention, especially when adopting a new cat. It may be tempting to shower attention on your new pet, but you don’t want your resident furball to feel left out!

Do you have questions about your cats’ health or care? Contact us, your Sugar Land, TX animal clinic, today!

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